|Illinois House of Representatives District 89|
|January 12, 2013|
|Years in position||11|
|Per diem||$132/per session day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1969|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1962-1969|
|Birthday||March 5, 1944|
|Place of birth||Winona, MN|
|Profession||Board of Directors, German American Bank|
Sacia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the German American Bank. He previously worked as Chief Executive Officer of Nite Equipment Incorporated from 1997-2005, as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1969-1997, and was a Lieutenant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1965-1969.
He is a member of Rotary International, American Legion, National Rifle Association, United States Army Ranger Association, National Auctioneer Association, and the Society of Former Agents of Federal Bureau of Investigations.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sacia has been appointed to the following committees:
- Agriculture & Conservation, Ranking Minority Member
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sacia served on the following committees:
- Agriculture & Conservation (Ranking Minority Member)
- Appropriations-Public Safety
- International Trade & Commerce
- Judiciary II - Criminal Law
- Juvenile Justice Reform
- Prison Reform (Ranking Minority Member)
- Veterans' Affairs
At the beginning of the 2011 session, Kwame Raoul sponsored a proposal that will appeal the death penalty in Illinois. He faced opposition from the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.
Raoul cited 10 years of studies that demonstrate a broken criminal justice system.
“There’s got to be a point where you try and solve a problem,” said Raoul. “I think it’s high time the Illinois justice system catch up.”
In 2000, former Gov. George Ryan placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty, which has since been upheld. Three years later and two days before leaving office, he commuted the sentences of 167 Death Row prisoners.
Sheldon Sobol, Grundy County state's attorney and president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, said that the legislation was rushed through committee and that victims didn’t get a chance to be heard by lawmakers.
“When this bill is taken by the Legislature, they have not heard from the most important people that are impacted by this decision,” said Sobol.
On January 6, 2011, the House narrowly passed the bill to abolish the death penalty. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it will be considered when that chamber returns to the Capitol next week.
Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 3539 with the required 60 votes after waging an earlier emotional, hour-long debate. However, the $20 million annual cost of death penalty cases that convinced state Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore to change his previous “no” vote to “yes.”
“I was on both sides of this issue. But then you think of the potential cost savings of this bill, and the state needs all of the savings we can get,” Verschoore said. “Besides, my wife was on me to vote for it.”
“Let’s instead put that money where it really matters,” said state Rep. Karen Yarbrough. “Let’s give law enforcement some training that they need to wage the fight against crime. Let’s give victims of these heinous crimes the support and services that they long deserve.”
Former FBI agent and state Rep. Jim Sacia could not be swayed. He recalled that Brian Dugan confessed to the 1985 killing of 7-year-old Melissa Ackerman in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.
“We wouldn’t have had information on the heinousness of this crime had we not had the tool of the death penalty,” Sacia said.
Rep. Robert W. Pritchard said issues of life and death aren’t that cut and dried.
“I agree there are cases that we’d like to have that perpetrator put to death,” Pritchard said. “But it’s arbitrary how and who we pursue in those cases.”
Rep. William Burns agreed and noted that the death penalty has often been biased in its implementation.
“If you’re an African-American who kills a white victim, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than a white person who kills a black person,” Burns said. “That if you’re low-income, if you are uneducated, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than someone who has more education and more money.”
Sacia is running for re-election to the 89th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican Primary on March 20, 2012, and is unopposed in the November 6 general election as well.
Sacia won re-election to the 89th District seat against Democrat Victoria F. Grizzoffi. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 89 (2010)|
|Jim Sacia (R)||26,114||73.98%|
|Victoria F. Grizzoffi (D)||9,184||26.02%|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 89 (2008)|
|Jim Sacia (R)||34,119|
|Walter M. Johnson (D)||15,238|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 89 (2006)|
|Jim Sacia (R)||28,067|
In 2010, Sacia collected $115,108 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:
|Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Sacia's campaign in 2010|
|Associated Beer Distributors Of Illinois||$3,750|
|Powers Auction Service||$2,500|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$2,500|
|Helm Group Inc||$2,250|
|Medina Manor Nursing Center||$2,200|
|Total Raised in 2010||$115,108|
In 2008, Sacia collected $160,640 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Morse Electric Inc.||$5,045|
|Fischer Excavating Inc.||$3,900|
|Midwest Golf Report Publications Inc.||$3,575|
|Illinois Education Association||$3,500|
- Jim Sacia official website
- Illinois General Assembly - Representative Jim Sacia (D) 89th District
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sacia
- "Local prosecutors: Don’t rush death penalty vote," Illinois Statehouse News, January 4, 2011
- "House narrowly approves abolition of death penalty," Illinois Statehouse News, January 6, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
- Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Follow the money - Illinois House 2010 donors
- Sacia Campaign Donors
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